Each year, about 90,000 New Zealanders are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer, and 2000 are diagnosed with melanoma. More New Zealanders die of melanoma a year than die in crashes on our roads.
Dermatology Hawke’s Bay offers a comprehensive skin check service. If you are worried about the appearance of a mole, or any changes to your skin, it is best to seek expert help. The earlier skin cancer is detected and treated, the more effective the treatment will be.
"Regular skin checks are the most effective way of ensuring early diagnosis and timely treatment for skin cancer."
Dr Juber Hafiji
The first sign of skin cancer is either a new growth or a change in the size, shape or colour of an existing mole or lesion. If you have any concerns, seek specialist expertise. Do not delay - book a skin check today.
Moles are growths on the skin that are usually brown or black. They can appear anywhere on the skin and most commonly occur during early childhood and early adult life. For the majority, moles cause no problems.
However, some individuals may wish to have them removed for cosmetic reasons or if they are catching or rubbing on clothing. Importantly, if you feel that a mole has changed and looks different, then the Dermatology Hawke’s Bay team can help diagnose and treat you in a timely fashion.
Actinic Keratoses (sun damage spots)
These rough scaly patches usually occur as a result of chronic sun exposure over many years. They typically occur on sun-exposed sites such as the face, ears, scalp, chest, forearms and lower legs.
The more patches you have, the greater the risk of developing invasive skin cancer, so it is important to get them checked.
Lumps and bumps
Lumps and bumps can appear anywhere on the body and can affect anyone regardless of their age, gender or skin type. They can take on many forms and be of any size. Common lumps and bumps are: moles, warts, skin tags, boils, cysts, lipoma (fatty lumps) and those related to acne.
It is important to establish whether the lump is harmless or cancerous. If your lump grows in size, is painful, hard or doesn’t move, it is important to receive the correct diagnosis and treatment plan.